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This Unexpected Place Had the Highest Number of Visitors This Year

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 4 September 2017
It must be France, right? Wrong. The USA? Still wrong. OK, India. It’s definitely India. Stop guessing. You’ll find out below.

Official tourism figures recently released by the United Nations has revealed that Palestinian territories were, by far, the destinations with the fastest-growing popularity of this year. Amazingly, by April 2017, the number of people visiting the Palestinian territories outgrew the 400,000 who visited the year before.

It’s easy to see why. Just look at how beautiful it is:

Egypt took the second spot with a 51% increase, followed by the Northern Mariana Islands at number three. Rarely heard of in conversation, these wonderful islands are part of the Commonwealth of the United States and are known for their otherworldly diving spots and pristine beaches.

Number 5 went to the usual suspect, Iceland, whose recent starring role in Game of Thrones has attracted hundreds of thousands of new visitors over the last few years.

According to the UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary General Taleb Rifai, these figures show that ‘destinations that were affected by negative events during 2016 are showing clear signs of recovery in a very short period of time.

‘This is very welcome news for all, but particularly for those whose livelihoods depend on tourism in these destinations,’ he continued.

Here’s the top 10 to add to your bucket list:

1. Palestinian Territories (up 57.8%)

2. Egypt (up 51%)

3. Northern Mariana Islands ( 37.3%)

4. Iceland (up 34.9%)

5. Tunisia (up 32.5%)

6. Vietnam (up 31.2%)

7. Uruguay (up 30.2%)

8. Nicaragua (up 28.4%)

9. Mongolia (up 28.3%)

10. Israel (up 25.1%)

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